TN’s Tempest Over Evaluations

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New York Times

Nov 7, 1:00 AM

In Tennessee, Following the Rules for Evaluations Off a Cliff

So you would think that educators like Will Shelton, principal of Blackman Middle School here, would be delighted. The state requires that teachers be evaluated by their students’ test scores, and that principals get into classrooms regularly to observe teachers. Mr. Shelton is a big believer in both. But not this. “I’ve never seen such nonsense,” he said. “In the five years I’ve been principal here, I’ve never known so little about what’s going on in my own building.” Mr. Shelton has to spend so much time filling out paperwork that he’s stuck in his office for long stretches.

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